Main Street, Orange County. What do you think of when you read those words? We hope they evoke feelings of nostalgia and also inspire your sense of adventure.
For our cover feature this month, we venture to five O.C. cities we believe best capture the past while still offering a bustling downtown area. You’ll find ideas for places to spend a day exploring and enjoying modern comforts, but we also threw in a few tidbits of history for fun. Whether it’s a memorable sign, a legendary pier, or an old-fashioned post office, there’s something alluring about these small reminders of our past in the midst of new restaurants and trendy boutiques. I love that these cities keep reinventing themselves to draw visitors while retaining their small-town spirit, as many residents attest on our pages.
We’re also excited to fill in readers about the plan for the Institute and Museum of California Art at UC Irvine. Later this month, the school will unveil many of the formerly hidden art pieces from the Buck Collection (Page 104), which was donated to UC Irvine last year. Be sure to go see the work while it’s on display for the next four months. It’s free, and it’s a great peek at what’s in store a few years from now when the building is complete. Orange County will be home to one of the biggest collections of California art anywhere.
Finally, I want to alert you to our October cover story: Hidden O.C. We’re diving into secret nooks all over the county to give you an insider’s look at this place we call home.
My Favorite Things In This Issue
➜The church ruins on the People & Places opener look like something from Europe, not San Juan Capistrano.
➜Prince Edward County’s wine country sounds like a great destination: Canada’s version of San Luis Obispo.
➜Jon Batiste, John Beasley, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Roy Wood Jr. will all be in O.C. this month!
➜Visit Electric City Butcher in Santa Ana not just for meat and rubs, but also for the tallow soap, which works like magic.